AM News: School Starts In Chicago & Elsewhwere
Workers keep watch over new Chicago school year AP: Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students will head to new schools Monday, the first day of what Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called "a new beginning" for the nation's third-largest district after a number of schools were closed....
Chicago School Closures Send Kids Through Dangerous Areas NPR: Chicago is preparing for the first day of school, which has extra challenges this year. The city closed about 50 schools recently, so some children will have to walk through dangerous neighborhoods to get to class. The city is expanding its "Safe Passage" program, training workers who will be stationed on school routes to protect students.
City Makes Test Scores Available on the Web NYT: Parents in New York will be able to log on to see how their children did on the new Common Core reading and math tests.
Texas Tribune: Cyberschools Grow, Fueling New Concerns NYT: As the number of full-time cyberschools in Texas doubles this year, concerns are growing about online education’s influence, finances and overall academic quality.\
In D.C., controversy over academic testing has new frontier: preschool Washington Post: The controversy over academic testing has spread to an unlikely new frontier in Washington: preschool. Some D.C. parents are protesting a plan by the city’s public charter school board to rank preschools based largely on how children as young as 3 are performing on reading and math tests.
Teachers taught to look for mental illness in kids NBC News: One program aims to prepare teachers to recognize students who may exhibit signs of a mental illness. But, but detractors say the pupils could get detrimental labels.
Lead poisoning's impact: Kids suspended more at school USA Today: Scientists have long known that children with high levels of toxic lead in their bloodstream are more likely than others to behave impulsively, have shorter attention spans and...
What's Behind The Turnaround At Miami Public Schools? NPR: Alberto Carvalho runs the nation's fourth largest school district — Miami Dade Public Schools. Since he took over four years ago, the district's turnaround has been nothing short of "miraculous", or so his supporters say. During his tenure the dropout rate has plummeted. The high school graduation rate has climbed to record levels and test scores for all students are way up. How did Carvalho do it?